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Feb 13, 2013

Guatemalan leader sees paradigm shift on drug policy

MADRID (Reuters) – Guatemalan President Otto Perez said on Wednesday he is feeling less alone in his drive to re-think the fight against drug-trafficking than a year ago, when he shocked fellow Central American leaders with a proposal to decriminalise narcotics.

Guatemala, like its neighbour Mexico, is racked by violence from drug-trafficking cartels that ship South American cocaine to the United States. A Central American nation of 15 million people, Guatemala has one of the world’s highest murder rates.

Feb 5, 2013

In Spain, slow justice favors Rajoy

MADRID (Reuters) – The tortuous procedures of the Spanish court system and a weak political opposition mean corruption allegations are unlikely to force Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy from office.

Uproar in the media and some street protests have helped raise doubts among investors on the government’s future, pushing its borrowing costs back up at a time when its priority has been to save money and pay off debts to stave off insolvency.

Feb 2, 2013

Spain’s Rajoy denies wrongdoing in kickbacks scandal

MADRID, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano
Rajoy on Saturday strongly denied wrongdoing in a growing
corruption scandal that threatens to erode his credibility just
as he is making headway against a deep economic crisis.

The ruling People’s Party (PP) has been buffeted all week by
media reports alleging that its former treasurers operated a
slush fund with donations from construction industry executives
that were then doled out to Rajoy and other party leaders.

Feb 1, 2013

Spain corruption scandal turns up heat on PM Rajoy

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s ruling People’s Party denied on Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts.

El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People’s Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros a year.

Jan 31, 2013

Spain’s Rajoy, ruling party deny secret payment scheme

MADRID (Reuters) – Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Spain’s ruling People’s Party denied on Thursday that the party made unofficial payments from business donors to the premier and other party leaders after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts.

El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People’s Party treasurers. El Pais said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year.

Jan 28, 2013

Spain’s Rajoy adds some stimulus to the austerity

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s conservative prime minister is preparing a package of small measures – such as tax breaks for young entrepreneurs – to stimulate the economy even as he vows to stick to budget cuts.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose popularity has plummeted after a year in the job, will announce the steps on February 20 in his first State of the Union address in an effort win back public trust after severe spending cuts.

Jan 25, 2013

Spanish newspaper sorry for “false photo” of Venezula’s Chavez

MADRID/CARACAS (Reuters) – Spain’s influential El Pais newspaper apologized on Thursday for splashing a “false photo” of Venezuela’s cancer-stricken leader Hugo Chavez on its front page, prompting a furious response from the government in Caracas, which vowed to take legal action.

Within minutes of posting the image online as a global exclusive, El Pais said it had discovered from social media that the photo was not of Chavez. It removed it from its website and withdrew its print edition.

Jan 24, 2013

Spain newspaper sorry for “false photo” of Chavez

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s influential El Pais newspaper apologized on Thursday for publishing a “false photo” of elusive, cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, removed the image from its website and withdrew its print edition.

Chavez is currently convalescing in Cuba after undergoing surgery for cancer for the fourth time on December 11. He has not been seen publicly for six weeks, fuelling rampant speculation over how serious his condition is.

Jan 24, 2013

Spanish newspaper withdraws “false photo” of Venezuela’s Chavez

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s influential El Pais newspaper withdrew what it said was “false photo of Hugo Chavez” that it had published in its on-line and print editions on Thursday.

Venezuelan President Chavez has cancer and has been under medical treatment in Cuba where he underwent surgery in December. He has not been seen publicly for six weeks.

Jan 15, 2013

Strong T-bill showing puts Spain on debt auction roll

MADRID, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Spain saw its short-term
borrowing costs sink on Tuesday in an auction that drew strong
demand, tapping an upturn in investor sentiment to make early
inroads into its debt issuance programme for the second year
running.

The Treasury sold 3.2 billion euros ($4.28 billion) of a
12-month bill and 2.5 billion euros of an 18-month bill. Yields
on both fell sharply, with the shorter paper dipping under 1.5
percent.

    • About Fiona

      "Fiona Ortiz is Reuters' chief correspondent for Spain. She has also lived and worked as a journalist in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Portland, Oregon."
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